A couple years ago, I decided to go natural and after 8 months of struggling with my locks, I went back to relaxers only to start my natural journey over a few months later. The main reason why I wanted to stop getting relaxers was not only to be chemical free, but because the last one I had burned my scalp real bad. It took forever for me to recover from that not to mention peel all the scabs from my head. I have now been natural for almost 2 years and am extremely glad I did it. It does get rough at times trying to manage my locks and find good natural hair care products, but after learning some information from a recent study, there is no turning back for me. #TeamNatural
According to a study led by Lauren Wise of Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center, scientists followed more than 23, 000 African American women who were pre-menopausal from 1997 to 2009 and found that women who were exposed to chemicals through the scalp were three times more likely to develop a higher rate of fibroids due to scalp lesions and burns from relaxers. It was also found that women who started their menstrual cycles before age 10 were more likely to develop uterine fibroids and that the early menstrual cycles may have been linked to the use of relaxers according to another study performed by the Annals of Epidemiology last summer. The study followed three hundred New York city women from various ethnic backgrounds which revealed the women’s first menstrual age ranging from age 8-19, but African American women, who were most likely to use hair straightening chemicals such as relaxers, reached an earlier menstrual cycle than any other race/ethnic group.